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Justin Verlander barely misses third gem as Tigers beat Angels, 5-0

Justin Verlander barely misses third gem as Tigers beat Angels, 5-0

There was blood in the water, and Justin Verlander was circling, the Detroit Tigers right-hander stalking his prey before moving in for the kill Wednesday night. “After he was smelling the no-hitter in the fifth or sixth inning, he started throwing 97-98 mph,” Angels slugger Albert Pujols said. “So he had a lot in his tank.” Verlander's fastball sat in the 93-mph range for the first four or five innings in Comerica Park, but he cranked it up to 96 mph for a strikeout of Ryan Jackson to end the sixth. Verlander struck out the side in the seventh, Kole Calhoun with a 96-mph fastball, Mike Trout looking at a full-count, 83-mph curve on the outside corner,...

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